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Gronkowski Plans To Attend Belmont To Cheer On His Namesake

Rob Gronkowski, tight end for the New England Patriots, is planning to meet his namesake for the first time when the 3-year-old colt runs in Saturday’s 150th Belmont Stakes, according to Sports Illustrated. The human Gronkowski will be in attendance at Belmont Park as his equine counterpart, a relative longshot, aims to spoil Justify’s triple crown […]

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Gronkowski ‘Made’ For Belmont Distance, Works Five Furlongs Saturday

Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited’s Gronkowski put in his final workout before the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, breezing five furlongs in 1:01.87 on Saturday morning at Belmont Park’s main track. It was the Chad Brown trainee’s second work since arriving at Belmont, having breezed four furlongs in […]

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‘Very Minor’ Issue Knocks Dream Tree Off Kentucky Oaks Trail

Undefeated Dream Tree is no longer being aimed at the Kentucky Oaks, trainer Bob Baffert told The 3-year-old Uncle Mo filly breezed on March 7 at Santa Anita Park, but exited the work with an unspecified physical issue. “I just wasn’t happy with the way she came out of the work. I’m just backing off […]

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Smarty Jones Winner Mourinho Euthanized After Training Incident, Says Baffert

Kentucky Derby contender Mourinho was euthanized Monday morning after suffering a severe sesamoid fracture in his front leg, trainer Bob Baffert told the Daily Racing Form. Baffert said the Super Saver colt was going easily in a breeze at Santa Anita and took a bad step. “Up and down, every day. It’s a shame,” he […]

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Baffert-Trained Mourinho Favored For Monday’s Smarty Jones Stakes

Phoenix Thoroughbred III’s Mourinho is the 3-2 program favorite for Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, Oaklawn’s first of four major preps for the Kentucky Derby and beyond. The Smarty Jones will offer 17 points to the top four finishers (10-4-2-1) toward starting eligibility for the Kentucky Derby. The 1-mile Smarty Jones not only attracted the California-based Mourinho, […]

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Dream Tree Again Holds Off Midnight Bisou In Desi Arnaz Stakes

In a rematch of their first encounter, Dream Tree, the even-money favorite, again barely held off the late challenge of Midnight Bisou to win by a nose in the featured $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes Saturday at Del Mar. Dream Tree, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, opened a clear advantage in the stretch but then had to go all out […]

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